Paul Maholm (LHP) (4-3, 4.23 ERA, 54 K) @ Jorge De La Rosa (LHP) (2-7, 5.81 ERA, 76 K)

3:10 P.M. EST @ Coors Field

Post Game Updates
On Fathers’ Day, the Colorado Rockies finished their 3 game sweep against the Bucs.

Paul Maholm got off to a rough start, giving up 5 runs in 5 innings. Jeff Karstens and Steven Jackson finshed the game well, but the Pirate bats couldn’t quite generate the necessary run support.

McCutchen went 2-5 with 2 runs and Sanchez went 2-4 with a run and 3 RBI, but the Pirates still dropped the series finale 5-4.

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Inning 1

Away
Andrew McCutchen triples (5) on a line drive to right fielder Brad Hawpe.
Freddy Sanchez singles on a line drive to right fielder Brad Hawpe. Andrew McCutchen scores.
Delwyn Young hit by pitch. Freddy Sanchez to 2nd.
Eric Hinske strikes out swinging.
Andy LaRoche walks. Freddy Sanchez to 3rd. Delwyn Young to 2nd.
Steve Pearce strikes out swinging.
Robinzon Diaz grounds out, pitcher Jorge De La Rosa to first baseman Garrett Atkins.

Home
Dexter Fowler singles on a ground ball to shortstop Jack Wilson, deflected by pitcher Paul Maholm.
Clint Barmes walks. Dexter Fowler to 2nd.
Ryan Spilborghs out on a sacrifice bunt to pitcher Paul Maholm. Dexter Fowler to 3rd. Clint Barmes to 2nd.
Brad Hawpe strikes out swinging.
Troy Tulowitzki walks.
Garrett Atkins strikes out swinging.

Inning 2

Away
Jack Wilson flies out to right fielder Brad Hawpe.
Paul Maholm strikes out swinging.
Andrew McCutchen singles on a sharp ground ball to center fielder Dexter Fowler.
Freddy Sanchez homers (6) on a fly ball to left field. Andrew McCutchen scores.
Delwyn Young strikes out swinging.

Home
Ian Stewart grounds out, first baseman Steve Pearce to pitcher Paul Maholm.
Paul Phillips walks.
Jorge De La Rosa out on a sacrifice bunt, pitcher Paul Maholm to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Paul Phillips to 2nd.
Dexter Fowler singles on a line drive to left fielder Delwyn Young. Paul Phillips scores. Dexter Fowler advances to 2nd, on a fielding error by left fielder Delwyn Young.
Clint Barmes doubles (16) on a soft line drive to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Dexter Fowler scores.
Ryan Spilborghs doubles (14) on a line drive to left fielder Delwyn Young. Clint Barmes scores.
Brad Hawpe strikes out swinging.

Inning 3

Away
Eric Hinske grounds out, third baseman Ian Stewart to first baseman Garrett Atkins.
Andy LaRoche grounds out sharply, second baseman Clint Barmes to first baseman Garrett Atkins.
Steve Pearce flies out to center fielder Dexter Fowler.

Home
Troy Tulowitzki singles on a ground ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
With Garrett Atkins batting, wild pitch by Paul Maholm, Troy Tulowitzki to 2nd.
Garrett Atkins singles on a line drive to right fielder Eric Hinske. Troy Tulowitzki scores. Garrett Atkins to 2nd on the throw.
Ian Stewart strikes out swinging.
Paul Phillips pops out to second baseman Freddy Sanchez.
Jorge De La Rosa grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Steve Pearce.

Inning 4

Away
Robinzon Diaz singles on a ground ball to third baseman Ian Stewart.
Jack Wilson grounds out softly, second baseman Clint Barmes to first baseman Garrett Atkins. Robinzon Diaz to 2nd.
Paul Maholm strikes out swinging.
Andrew McCutchen pops out to shortstop Troy Tulowitzki.

Home
Dexter Fowler called out on strikes.
Clint Barmes homers (8) on a fly ball to left field.
Ryan Spilborghs strikes out swinging, catcher Robinzon Diaz to first baseman Steve Pearce.
Brad Hawpe strikes out swinging.

Inning 5

Away
Freddy Sanchez grounds out sharply, shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to first baseman Garrett Atkins.
Delwyn Young grounds out softly, third baseman Ian Stewart to first baseman Garrett Atkins.
Eric Hinske strikes out on a foul tip.

Home
Troy Tulowitzki singles on a ground ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Garrett Atkins walks. Troy Tulowitzki to 2nd.
Ian Stewart flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Troy Tulowitzki to 3rd.
Double play, Troy Tulowitzki caught stealing home, catcher Robinzon Diaz to shortstop Jack Wilson. Troy Tulowitzki out at home. Garrett Atkins out at 2nd.

Inning 6

Away
Andy LaRoche singles on a line drive to left fielder Ryan Spilborghs. Andy LaRoche out at 2nd, left fielder Ryan Spilborghs to second baseman Clint Barmes.
Steve Pearce walks.
Robinzon Diaz grounds into a force out, third baseman Ian Stewart to second baseman Clint Barmes. Steve Pearce out at 2nd. Robinzon Diaz to 1st.
With Jack Wilson batting, throwing error by Paul Phillips on the pickoff attempt, Robinzon Diaz to 2nd.
Jack Wilson walks.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Brandon Moss replaces Paul Maholm.
Brandon Moss singles on a ground ball to center fielder Dexter Fowler. Robinzon Diaz scores. Jack Wilson to 3rd.
Pitching Change: Josh Fogg replaces Jorge De La Rosa, batting 9th.
Andrew McCutchen grounds into a force out, third baseman Ian Stewart to second baseman Clint Barmes. Brandon Moss out at 2nd.

Home
Pitching Change: Jeff Karstens replaces Paul Maholm, batting 9th, replacing Brandon Moss.
Paul Phillips grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Steve Pearce.
Josh Fogg grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Steve Pearce.
Dexter Fowler walks.
Clint Barmes strikes out swinging.

Inning 7

Away
Freddy Sanchez flies out to center fielder Dexter Fowler.
Delwyn Young flies out to right fielder Brad Hawpe.
Pitching Change: Randy Flores replaces Josh Fogg, batting 9th.
Eric Hinske strikes out swinging.

Home
Ryan Spilborghs flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Brad Hawpe flies out to right fielder Eric Hinske.
Troy Tulowitzki singles on a soft ground ball to shortstop Jack Wilson.
Garrett Atkins flies out to left fielder Delwyn Young.

Inning 8

Away
Pitching Change: Joel Peralta replaces Randy Flores, batting 9th.
Andy LaRoche called out on strikes.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Adam LaRoche replaces Steve Pearce.
Adam LaRoche grounds out, second baseman Clint Barmes to first baseman Garrett Atkins.
Robinzon Diaz strikes out swinging.

Home
Adam LaRoche remains in the game as the first baseman.
Ian Stewart grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Paul Phillips singles on a line drive to left fielder Delwyn Young.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Seth Smith replaces Joel Peralta.
Seth Smith doubles (4) on a line drive to right fielder Eric Hinske. Paul Phillips to 3rd.
Jeff Karstens intentionally walks Dexter Fowler.
Pitching Change: Steven Jackson replaces Jeff Karstens, batting 9th.
Clint Barmes pops out to shortstop Jack Wilson on the infield fly rule.
Ryan Spilborghs grounds out, pitcher Steven Jackson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 9

Away
Pitching Change: Huston Street replaces Joel Peralta, batting 9th, replacing Seth Smith.
Jack Wilson flies out to left fielder Ryan Spilborghs.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Ramon Vazquez replaces Steven Jackson.
Ramon Vazquez flies out to left fielder Ryan Spilborghs.
Andrew McCutchen flies out to left fielder Ryan Spilborghs.

Ian Snell (RHP) (1-7, 5.25 ERA, 49 K) @ Francisco Liriano (LHP) (2-7, 5.99 ERA, 62 K)

8:10 P.M. EST @ Metrodome

Post Game Updates
Yesterday, the Pirates lost 8-2 to the Twins. Tonight, they won 8-2.

Andy and Adam LaRoche each homered, becoming the first Pirate brothers to homer in the same game since 1938.

Snell pitched well, and he was good enough to get the win, going 6 innings and giving up 2 runs. John Grabow and Steven Jackson preserved the Bucco lead.

Rubber match against the Twins tomorrow.

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Inning 1

Away
Andrew McCutchen strikes out swinging.
Nyjer Morgan flies out to center fielder Carlos Gomez.
Freddy Sanchez singles on a ground ball to center fielder Carlos Gomez.
Adam LaRoche flies out to center fielder Carlos Gomez.

Home
Brendan Harris pops out to second baseman Freddy Sanchez.
Joe Mauer lines out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Justin Morneau walks.
Jason Kubel singles on a ground ball to right fielder Delwyn Young. Justin Morneau to 2nd.
Joe Crede flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.

Inning 2

Away
Delwyn Young flies out to center fielder Carlos Gomez.
Eric Hinske called out on strikes.
Andy LaRoche flies out to center fielder Carlos Gomez.

Home
Michael Cuddyer singles on a ground ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Delmon Young flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Carlos Gomez pops out to third baseman Andy LaRoche.
Nick Punto grounds into a force out, fielded by second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Michael Cuddyer out at 2nd.

Inning 3

Away
Robinzon Diaz flies out to center fielder Carlos Gomez.
Jack Wilson singles on a line drive to left fielder Delmon Young.
Andrew McCutchen homers (1) on a fly ball to left center field. Jack Wilson scores.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, shortstop Brendan Harris to first baseman Justin Morneau.
Freddy Sanchez flies out to right fielder Michael Cuddyer.

Home
Brendan Harris grounds out, pitcher Ian Snell to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Joe Mauer doubles (11) on a fly ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Justin Morneau flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Jason Kubel walks.
Joe Crede doubles (9) on a line drive to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Joe Mauer scores. Jason Kubel scores.
Michael Cuddyer walks.
Delmon Young strikes out swinging.

Inning 4

Away
Adam LaRoche doubles (21) on a line drive to right fielder Michael Cuddyer.
Delwyn Young strikes out swinging.
Eric Hinske strikes out swinging.
Andy LaRoche homers (3) on a fly ball to left field. Adam LaRoche scores.
Robinzon Diaz grounds out, shortstop Brendan Harris to first baseman Justin Morneau.

Home
Carlos Gomez lines out to second baseman Freddy Sanchez.
Nick Punto flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Brendan Harris flies out to right fielder Delwyn Young.

Inning 5

Away
Jack Wilson walks.
Andrew McCutchen pops out to second baseman Nick Punto.
Nyjer Morgan grounds into a double play, second baseman Nick Punto to shortstop Brendan Harris to first baseman Justin Morneau. Jack Wilson out at 2nd.

Home
Joe Mauer flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Justin Morneau grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Jason Kubel called out on strikes.

Inning 6

Away
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, shortstop Brendan Harris to first baseman Justin Morneau.
Adam LaRoche strikes out swinging.
Delwyn Young singles on a ground ball to left fielder Delmon Young.
With Eric Hinske batting, Delwyn Young steals (2) 2nd base.
Eric Hinske strikes out swinging.

Home
Joe Crede grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Michael Cuddyer triples (4) on a fly ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Delmon Young reaches on a fielder’s choice out, pitcher Ian Snell to third baseman Andy LaRoche to catcher Robinzon Diaz. Michael Cuddyer out at home. Delmon Young to 2nd.
Carlos Gomez grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 7

Away
Andy LaRoche grounds out, third baseman Joe Crede to first baseman Justin Morneau.
Robinzon Diaz pops out to second baseman Nick Punto.
Jack Wilson singles on a line drive to center fielder Carlos Gomez.
Andrew McCutchen singles on a line drive to right fielder Michael Cuddyer. Jack Wilson to 2nd.
With Nyjer Morgan batting, wild pitch by Francisco Liriano, Jack Wilson to 3rd. Andrew McCutchen to 2nd.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, third baseman Joe Crede to first baseman Justin Morneau.

Home
Pitching Change: John Grabow replaces Ian Snell.
Nick Punto bunt grounds out, pitcher John Grabow to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Brendan Harris singles on a line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan. Brendan Harris to 2nd on the throw.
Joe Mauer walks. Passed ball by catcher Robinzon Diaz. Brendan Harris to 3rd.
Justin Morneau walks. Joe Mauer to 2nd.
Jason Kubel strikes out swinging.
Joe Crede grounds out, pitcher John Grabow to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 8

Away
Pitching Change: Sean Henn replaces Francisco Liriano.
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, second baseman Nick Punto to first baseman Justin Morneau.
Adam LaRoche homers (9) on a fly ball to center field.
Delwyn Young walks.
Eric Hinske walks. Delwyn Young to 2nd.
Pitching Change: Luis Ayala replaces Sean Henn.
Andy LaRoche grounds into a force out, shortstop Brendan Harris to third baseman Joe Crede. Delwyn Young out at 3rd. Eric Hinske to 2nd. Andy LaRoche to 1st.
Robinzon Diaz doubles (5) on a line drive to center fielder Carlos Gomez. Eric Hinske scores. Andy LaRoche scores.
Jack Wilson grounds out, shortstop Brendan Harris to first baseman Justin Morneau.

Home
Michael Cuddyer walks.
Delmon Young grounds into a double play, third baseman Andy LaRoche to second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Michael Cuddyer out at 2nd.
Carlos Gomez pops out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 9

Away
Andrew McCutchen grounds out, shortstop Brendan Harris to first baseman Justin Morneau.
Nyjer Morgan walks.
With Freddy Sanchez batting, Nyjer Morgan steals (16) 2nd base.
Freddy Sanchez singles on a soft line drive to right fielder Michael Cuddyer. Nyjer Morgan to 3rd.
Adam LaRoche out on a sacrifice fly to left fielder Delmon Young. Nyjer Morgan scores.
Delwyn Young grounds out, first baseman Justin Morneau to pitcher Luis Ayala.

Home
Pitching Change: Steven Jackson replaces John Grabow.
Nick Punto walks.
Brendan Harris pops out to shortstop Jack Wilson.
With Joe Mauer batting, Nick Punto advances to 2nd on defensive indifference.
Joe Mauer flies out to right fielder Delwyn Young.
Justin Morneau flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.

Zach Duke (LHP) (6-4, 2.62 ERA, 42 K) @ Kenshin Kawakami (RHP) (3-6, 4.63 ERA, 46 K)

7:00 P.M. EST @ Turner Field

Post Game Update

Zach Duke didn’t have a strong start tonight. He gave up 11 hits and 6 runs in 6 innings. Still the Pirates managed to score 2 runs in the 6th thanks to triples from Andrew McCutchen and Freddy Sanchez. Nyjer Morgan and Adam LaRoche each hit sacrifice flies to score McCutchen and Sanchez. Jaramillo, Wilson, Hinske, and McCutchen hit four consecutive hits in the 7th to score 3 runs and tie the game.

The Pirate bullpen pitched remarkably well in innings 7 through 14. Tom Gorzelanny, John Grabow, Sean Burnett, Steven Jackson, Jesse Chavez, and Evan Meek (3 innings!) all kept the Bucs in the game. Jeff Karstens entered for the bottom of the 15th inning, and he surrendered 2 walks and 2 hits, and Matt Diaz knocked in the winning run.

This was a tough loss for the Pirates tonight. Bobby Cox got his 2,000th win as a Braves manager. Nate McLouth hit a HR in his first game against the Pirates. Luckily, Andrew McCutchen is playing great, although is defense could use some work.

Since Karstens came into the game in relief tonight, we may see Charlie Morton enter the starting rotation soon.

Tonight’s game also brought up a minor bug in my scoresheet. I’ve known that there is currently a serious limitation in the scoresheet. Each team can only have 63 plate appearances. As I finished the scoresheet, I breathed a sigh of relief when the Pirates finished with 62 plate appearances and the Braves finished with 63. The minor bug occurred when a team had exactly 63 plate appearances. I’ll post an update shortly.

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Inning 1

Away
Andrew McCutchen strikes out swinging.
Nyjer Morgan hit by pitch.
Freddy Sanchez flies out to right fielder Jeff Francoeur.
With Adam LaRoche batting, Nyjer Morgan caught stealing 2nd base, catcher Brian McCann to shortstop Yunel Escobar.

Home
Nate McLouth singles on a line drive to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Yunel Escobar grounds into a force out, shortstop Jack Wilson to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Nate McLouth out at 2nd. Yunel Escobar to 1st.
Chipper Jones homers (8) on a fly ball to right field. Yunel Escobar scores.
Brian McCann hit by pitch.
Garret Anderson flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Jeff Francoeur flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.

Inning 2

Away
Adam LaRoche grounds out, first baseman Martin Prado to pitcher Kenshin Kawakami.
Andy LaRoche grounds out, shortstop Yunel Escobar to first baseman Martin Prado.
Brandon Moss grounds out to first baseman Martin Prado.

Home
Martin Prado singles on a ground ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Kelly Johnson strikes out on a foul tip.
Kenshin Kawakami bunt pops out to pitcher Zach Duke.
Nate McLouth grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 3

Away
Jason Jaramillo flies out to left fielder Garret Anderson.
Jack Wilson strikes out swinging.
Zach Duke grounds out, second baseman Kelly Johnson to first baseman Martin Prado.

Home
Yunel Escobar flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Chipper Jones walks.
Brian McCann flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Garret Anderson strikes out swinging.

Inning 4

Away
Andrew McCutchen singles on a line drive to right fielder Jeff Francoeur.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, second baseman Kelly Johnson to first baseman Martin Prado. Andrew McCutchen to 2nd.
Freddy Sanchez doubles (20) on a fly ball to right fielder Jeff Francoeur. Andrew McCutchen scores.
Adam LaRoche walks.
Andy LaRoche strikes out swinging.
Brandon Moss grounds out, second baseman Kelly Johnson to first baseman Martin Prado.

Home
Jeff Francoeur singles on a ground ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Martin Prado grounds into a double play, shortstop Jack Wilson to second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Jeff Francoeur out at 2nd.
Kelly Johnson singles on a ground ball to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Kenshin Kawakami grounds out, pitcher Zach Duke to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 5

Away
Jason Jaramillo called out on strikes.
Jack Wilson called out on strikes.
Zach Duke flies out to left fielder Garret Anderson.

Home
Nate McLouth homers (10) on a fly ball to center field.
Yunel Escobar flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Chipper Jones singles on a line drive to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Brian McCann homers (6) on a fly ball to right field. Chipper Jones scores.
Garret Anderson walks.
Jeff Francoeur grounds out, first baseman Adam LaRoche to pitcher Zach Duke. Garret Anderson to 2nd.
Martin Prado flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.

Inning 6

Away
Andrew McCutchen triples (1) on a fly ball to right fielder Jeff Francoeur.
Nyjer Morgan out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Nate McLouth. Andrew McCutchen scores.
Freddy Sanchez triples (3) on a fly ball to left fielder Garret Anderson.
Adam LaRoche out on a sacrifice fly to left fielder Garret Anderson. Freddy Sanchez scores.
Andy LaRoche grounds out, pitcher Kenshin Kawakami to first baseman Martin Prado.

Home
Kelly Johnson grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Matt Diaz replaces Kenshin Kawakami.
Matt Diaz singles on a soft fly ball to right fielder Brandon Moss. Matt Diaz out at 2nd, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to shortstop Jack Wilson.
Nate McLouth singles on a line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
With Yunel Escobar batting, Nate McLouth steals (9) 2nd base.
Yunel Escobar singles on a ground ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Nate McLouth scores. Yunel Escobar out at 2nd on the throw, center fielder Andrew McCutchen to third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 7

Away
Pitching Change: Peter Moylan replaces Kenshin Kawakami, batting 9th, replacing Matt Diaz.
Brandon Moss grounds out, pitcher Peter Moylan to first baseman Martin Prado.
Jason Jaramillo singles on a ground ball to third baseman Chipper Jones.
Jack Wilson doubles (12) on a sharp line drive to right fielder Jeff Francoeur. Jason Jaramillo to 3rd.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Eric Hinske replaces Zach Duke.
Eric Hinske singles on a line drive to center fielder Nate McLouth. Jason Jaramillo scores. Jack Wilson scores.
Andrew McCutchen triples (2) on a fly ball to right fielder Jeff Francoeur. Eric Hinske scores.
Pitching Change: Eric O’Flaherty replaces Peter Moylan, batting 9th.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out to first baseman Martin Prado.
Pitching Change: Jeff Bennett replaces Eric O’Flaherty, batting 9th.
Freddy Sanchez flies out to right fielder Jeff Francoeur.

Home
Pitching Change: Tom Gorzelanny replaces Zach Duke, batting 9th, replacing Eric Hinske.
Chipper Jones grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Brian McCann grounds out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Garret Anderson singles on a line drive to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Jeff Francoeur grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 8

Away
Pitching Change: Michael Gonzalez replaces Jeff Bennett, batting 9th.
Adam LaRoche strikes out on a foul tip.
Andy LaRoche singles on a line drive to right fielder Jeff Francoeur.
Brandon Moss grounds into a force out, third baseman Chipper Jones to second baseman Kelly Johnson. Andy LaRoche out at 2nd. Brandon Moss to 1st.
Jason Jaramillo lines out to second baseman Kelly Johnson.

Home
Pitching Change: John Grabow replaces Tom Gorzelanny, batting 9th.
Martin Prado strikes out swinging.
Kelly Johnson flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Greg Norton replaces Michael Gonzalez.
Greg Norton grounds out, pitcher John Grabow to shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 9

Away
Pitching Change: Rafael Soriano replaces Michael Gonzalez, batting 9th, replacing Greg Norton.
Jack Wilson singles on a fly ball to left fielder Garret Anderson.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Delwyn Young replaces John Grabow.
Delwyn Young flies out to right fielder Jeff Francoeur.
Andrew McCutchen strikes out swinging.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, second baseman Kelly Johnson to first baseman Martin Prado.

Home
Pitching Change: Sean Burnett replaces John Grabow, batting 9th, replacing Delwyn Young.
Nate McLouth flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss in foul territory.
Yunel Escobar grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Chipper Jones flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.

Inning 10

Away
Freddy Sanchez flies out to right fielder Jeff Francoeur.
Adam LaRoche singles on a soft fly ball to center fielder Nate McLouth.
With Andy LaRoche batting, Adam LaRoche steals (1) 2nd base.
Andy LaRoche called out on strikes.
Brandon Moss strikes out swinging.

Home
Brian McCann lines out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Garret Anderson singles on a line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Pitching Change: Steven Jackson replaces Sean Burnett, batting 6th.
Defensive Substitution: Craig Monroe replaces pitcher Sean Burnett, batting 9th, playing right field.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-runner Gregor Blanco replaces Garret Anderson.
With Jeff Francoeur batting, Gregor Blanco steals (1) 2nd base.
Steven Jackson intentionally walks Jeff Francoeur.
Martin Prado grounds into a double play, shortstop Jack Wilson to second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Jeff Francoeur out at 2nd.

Inning 11

Away
Gregor Blanco remains in the game as the left fielder.
Pitching Change: Manny Acosta replaces Rafael Soriano, batting 9th.
Jason Jaramillo strikes out swinging.
Jack Wilson flies out to right fielder Jeff Francoeur.
Craig Monroe walks.
Andrew McCutchen doubles (1) on a ground ball to left fielder Gregor Blanco. Craig Monroe out at home on the throw, left fielder Gregor Blanco to shortstop Yunel Escobar to catcher Brian McCann.

Home
Pitching Change: Jesse Chavez replaces Steven Jackson, batting 6th.
Kelly Johnson strikes out swinging.
Manny Acosta strikes out on a foul bunt.
Nate McLouth strikes out swinging.

Inning 12

Away
Nyjer Morgan strikes out swinging.
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, third baseman Chipper Jones to first baseman Martin Prado.
Adam LaRoche walks.
Andy LaRoche walks. Adam LaRoche to 2nd.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Ramon Vazquez replaces Jesse Chavez.
Ramon Vazquez pops out to shortstop Yunel Escobar.

Home
Pitching Change: Evan Meek replaces Jesse Chavez, batting 6th, replacing Ramon Vazquez.
Yunel Escobar flies out to right fielder Craig Monroe.
Chipper Jones grounds out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Brian McCann singles on a soft fly ball to right fielder Craig Monroe.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-runner Jair Jurrjens replaces Brian McCann.
With Gregor Blanco batting, wild pitch by Evan Meek, Jair Jurrjens to 2nd.
Gregor Blanco grounds out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 13

Away
Pitching Change: Kris Medlen replaces Manny Acosta, batting 4th, replacing Jair Jurrjens.
Defensive Substitution: David Ross replaces pitcher Manny Acosta, batting 9th, playing catcher.
Jason Jaramillo strikes out swinging.
Jack Wilson grounds out, third baseman Chipper Jones to first baseman Martin Prado.
Craig Monroe strikes out swinging.

Home
Jeff Francoeur walks.
Martin Prado out on a sacrifice bunt, catcher Jason Jaramillo to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Jeff Francoeur to 2nd.
Kelly Johnson strikes out swinging.
David Ross called out on strikes.

Inning 14

Away
Andrew McCutchen flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Nyjer Morgan reaches on a fielding error by left fielder Gregor Blanco. Nyjer Morgan to 2nd.
Kris Medlen intentionally walks Freddy Sanchez.
Adam LaRoche grounds into a double play, second baseman Kelly Johnson to shortstop Yunel Escobar to first baseman Martin Prado. Freddy Sanchez out at 2nd.

Home
Nate McLouth strikes out swinging.
Yunel Escobar flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Evan Meek intentionally walks Chipper Jones.
Kris Medlen pops out to second baseman Freddy Sanchez.

Inning 15

Away
Andy LaRoche singles on a line drive to right fielder Jeff Francoeur.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Ian Snell replaces Evan Meek.
Ian Snell out on a sacrifice bunt, pitcher Kris Medlen to second baseman Kelly Johnson. Andy LaRoche to 2nd.
Jason Jaramillo strikes out swinging.
Jack Wilson flies out to right fielder Jeff Francoeur.

Home
Pitching Change: Jeff Karstens replaces Evan Meek, batting 6th, replacing Ian Snell.
Gregor Blanco walks.
Jeff Francoeur ground bunts into a force out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to shortstop Jack Wilson. Gregor Blanco out at 2nd. Jeff Francoeur to 1st.
Martin Prado singles on a line drive to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Jeff Francoeur to 3rd.
Jeff Karstens intentionally walks Kelly Johnson. Martin Prado to 2nd.
David Ross singles on a ground ball to shortstop Jack Wilson. Jeff Francoeur scores. Martin Prado to 3rd. Kelly Johnson to 2nd.

Ian Snell (RHP) (1-6, 5.64 ERA, 42 K) @ Felipe Paulino (RHP) (1-4, 6.21 ERA, 33 K)

2:05 P.M. EST @ Minute Maid Park

Post Game Update

For the third time this season, the Pirates were going for a series win against the Houston Astros, and for the 3rd time, the Astros prevailed.

Ian Snell pitched better tonight than he has in awhile. Snell pitched 6 innings and gave up just 3 runs. Steven Jackson struggled in 1.1 innings, giving up 3 runs.

Andrew McCutchen went 3-5 with an RBI in the leadoff spot.

It’s frustrating to lose this series after sweeping the Mets and being just 3 games below .500.

Now it’s on to Atlanta.

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Live Updates:

Inning 1

Away
Andrew McCutchen singles on a ground ball to center fielder Michael Bourn.
With Nyjer Morgan batting, wild pitch by Felipe Paulino, Andrew McCutchen to 2nd.
Nyjer Morgan called out on strikes.
Freddy Sanchez flies out to right fielder Hunter Pence.
Adam LaRoche strikes out swinging.

Home
Michael Bourn singles on a ground ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Miguel Tejada grounds into a double play, third baseman Andy LaRoche to second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Michael Bourn out at 2nd.
Hunter Pence strikes out swinging.

Inning 2

Away
Andy LaRoche singles on a line drive to right fielder Hunter Pence.
Brandon Moss strikes out swinging.
Jason Jaramillo doubles (10) on a fly ball to center fielder Michael Bourn. Andy LaRoche scores.
Ramon Vazquez strikes out on a foul tip.
Pitching Change: Russ Ortiz replaces Felipe Paulino, batting 9th.
Ian Snell strikes out swinging.

Home
Carlos Lee reaches on a fielding error by shortstop Ramon Vazquez.
Lance Berkman strikes out swinging and Carlos Lee caught stealing 2nd, catcher Jason Jaramillo to shortstop Ramon Vazquez.
Geoff Blum doubles (6) on a line drive to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Jeff Keppinger singles on a line drive to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Geoff Blum scores.
Humberto Quintero flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.

Inning 3

Away
Andrew McCutchen pops out to second baseman Jeff Keppinger.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, second baseman Jeff Keppinger to first baseman Lance Berkman.
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, shortstop Miguel Tejada to first baseman Lance Berkman.

Home
Russ Ortiz flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss in foul territory.
Michael Bourn singles on a ground ball to second baseman Freddy Sanchez.
Miguel Tejada grounds into a double play, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Michael Bourn out at 2nd.

Inning 4

Away
Adam LaRoche walks.
Andy LaRoche grounds into a double play, shortstop Miguel Tejada to second baseman Jeff Keppinger to first baseman Lance Berkman. Adam LaRoche out at 2nd.
Brandon Moss singles on a line drive to right fielder Hunter Pence.
Houston Astros pitcher Felipe Paulino left the game due to an injured groin.
Jason Jaramillo called out on strikes.

Home
Hunter Pence flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Carlos Lee grounds out, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Lance Berkman strikes out swinging.

Inning 5

Away
Ramon Vazquez strikes out swinging.
Ian Snell singles on a ground ball to shortstop Miguel Tejada.
Andrew McCutchen singles on a ground ball to pitcher Russ Ortiz. Ian Snell to 2nd.
Nyjer Morgan lines into a double play, third baseman Geoff Blum to second baseman Jeff Keppinger. Ian Snell doubled off 2nd.

Home
Geoff Blum flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Jeff Keppinger doubles (8) on a ground ball to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Humberto Quintero doubles (2) on a fly ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Jeff Keppinger scores.
Russ Ortiz grounds out, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Humberto Quintero to 3rd.
Michael Bourn flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.

Inning 6

Away
Freddy Sanchez singles on a ground ball to center fielder Michael Bourn.
Adam LaRoche flies out to left fielder Carlos Lee.
Andy LaRoche flies out to right fielder Hunter Pence.
Brandon Moss grounds out, pitcher Russ Ortiz to first baseman Lance Berkman.

Home
Miguel Tejada grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Hunter Pence walks.
With Carlos Lee batting, Hunter Pence steals (6) 2nd base.
Carlos Lee singles on a ground ball to right fielder Brandon Moss. Hunter Pence scores. Carlos Lee out at 2nd, right fielder Brandon Moss to catcher Jason Jaramillo to shortstop Ramon Vazquez to second baseman Freddy Sanchez to shortstop Ramon Vazquez.
Lance Berkman doubles (10) on a fly ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Geoff Blum flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.

Inning 7

Away
Pitching Change: Tim Byrdak replaces Russ Ortiz, batting 9th.
Jason Jaramillo walks.
Ramon Vazquez singles on a ground ball to right fielder Hunter Pence. Jason Jaramillo to 2nd.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Delwyn Young replaces Ian Snell.
Delwyn Young singles on a ground ball to right fielder Hunter Pence. Jason Jaramillo to 3rd. Ramon Vazquez to 2nd.
Pitching Change: Jeff Fulchino replaces Tim Byrdak, batting 9th.
Andrew McCutchen grounds out, first baseman Lance Berkman to pitcher Jeff Fulchino. Jason Jaramillo scores. Ramon Vazquez to 3rd. Delwyn Young to 2nd.
Nyjer Morgan singles on a line drive to right fielder Hunter Pence. Ramon Vazquez scores. Delwyn Young to 3rd. Nyjer Morgan to 2nd on the throw.
Freddy Sanchez walks.
Adam LaRoche grounds into a double play, first baseman Lance Berkman to catcher Humberto Quintero to first baseman Lance Berkman. Delwyn Young out at home.

Home
Pitching Change: Steven Jackson replaces Ian Snell, batting 9th, replacing Delwyn Young.
Jeff Keppinger grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Humberto Quintero singles on a ground ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Matt Kata replaces Jeff Fulchino.
Matt Kata grounds into a force out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to shortstop Ramon Vazquez. Humberto Quintero out at 2nd. Matt Kata to 1st.
Michael Bourn walks. Matt Kata to 2nd.
Miguel Tejada singles on a ground ball to shortstop Ramon Vazquez. Matt Kata scores. Michael Bourn to 2nd.
Hunter Pence strikes out swinging.

Inning 8

Away
Pitching Change: Chris Sampson replaces Jeff Fulchino, batting 9th, replacing Matt Kata.
Andy LaRoche grounds out, third baseman Geoff Blum to first baseman Lance Berkman.
Brandon Moss flies out to left fielder Carlos Lee.
Jason Jaramillo strikes out swinging.

Home
Carlos Lee walks.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-runner Darin Erstad replaces Carlos Lee.
Lance Berkman singles on a line drive to right fielder Brandon Moss. Darin Erstad to 2nd.
Geoff Blum flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Pitching Change: Jesse Chavez replaces Steven Jackson, batting 9th.
Jeff Keppinger strikes out swinging.
Humberto Quintero singles on a line drive to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. Darin Erstad scores. Lance Berkman to 3rd.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Jason Michaels replaces Chris Sampson.
Jason Michaels hits a ground-rule double (6) on a fly ball down the right-field line. Lance Berkman scores. Humberto Quintero to 3rd.
Michael Bourn pops out to shortstop Ramon Vazquez.

Inning 9

Away
Darin Erstad remains in the game as the left fielder.
Pitching Change: LaTroy Hawkins replaces Chris Sampson, batting 9th, replacing Jason Michaels.
Ramon Vazquez called out on strikes.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Eric Hinske replaces Jesse Chavez.
Eric Hinske doubles (7) on a line drive to center fielder Michael Bourn.
Andrew McCutchen singles on a ground ball to second baseman Jeff Keppinger. Eric Hinske to 3rd.
Nyjer Morgan out on a sacrifice fly to center fielder Michael Bourn. Eric Hinske scores.
With Freddy Sanchez batting, Andrew McCutchen advances to 2nd on defensive indifference.
Freddy Sanchez pops out to first baseman Lance Berkman in foul territory.

Mike Pelfrey (RHP) (4-1, 3.88 ERA, 23 K) @ Ross Ohlendorf (RHP) (5-5, 4.45 ERA, 32 K)

12:35 P.M. EST @ PNC Park

Post Game Update

Since today’s game was at 12:35, and the Penguins played at 8:00, I decided to take the day off and spend the day in Pittsburgh. Lucky for me, I got to see Andrew McCutchen’s MLB debut, and he looked good! McCutchen batted in the leadoff spot, and Nyjer Morgan batted second, essentially giving the Pirates two leadoff hitters. The two leadoff 4 of the 8 innings this afternoon. McCutchen was 2-4 with a walk and 3 runs. Nyjer was 2-4 with a run. Ramon Vazquez was playing SS today because Jack Wilson was out with the stomach flu. Vazquez was impressive, going 4-4 with 4 singles and a run.

Ross Ohlendorf didn’t look sharp, only going 4.1 innings, while giving up 9 hits and 5 runs. Tom Gorzelanny looked good as he came in to finish off the 5th. Steven Jackson gave 2 innings of excellent relief effort.

Today was a fun game to watch. Even with McLouth gone, we looked like a good baseball team. I love McCutchen and Morgan batting 1-2 (although I was expecting to see Morgan-McCutchen). We’re only 3 games under .500 with a series at Houston. Hopefully we can win this one!

Go Bucs!

Following the game, Carlos Beltran had this to say about the Pirates’ series: “The reality of this is coming here to Pittsburgh and getting swept, me, I feel embarrassed. I mean, we have to take this personally. It can’t happen. It can’t happen, us being able to come here and lose three games just like that. Three games to this team. I know they’re a big-league ball club, but we’re better than them.”

Andrew McCutchen

Live Updates:

Inning 1

Away
Alex Cora pops out to shortstop Ramon Vazquez.
Luis Castillo grounds out, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Carlos Beltran doubles (16) on a fly ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Gary Sheffield called out on strikes.

Home
Andrew McCutchen singles on a ground ball to center fielder Carlos Beltran.
Nyjer Morgan singles on a ground ball to right fielder Gary Sheffield. Andrew McCutchen to 3rd.
Freddy Sanchez grounds out to first baseman Daniel Murphy. Nyjer Morgan to 2nd.
Mike Pelfrey intentionally walks Adam LaRoche.
Andy LaRoche singles on a line drive to left fielder Fernando Martinez. Andrew McCutchen scores. Nyjer Morgan scores. Adam LaRoche to 2nd.
Brandon Moss singles on a ground ball to second baseman Luis Castillo, deflected by pitcher Mike Pelfrey. Adam LaRoche to 3rd. Andy LaRoche to 2nd.
Jason Jaramillo singles on a line drive to left fielder Fernando Martinez. Adam LaRoche scores. Andy LaRoche scores. Brandon Moss to 2nd.
Ramon Vazquez singles on a fly ball to left fielder Fernando Martinez. Brandon Moss to 3rd. Jason Jaramillo to 2nd.
Ross Ohlendorf grounds into a double play, pitcher Mike Pelfrey to catcher Omir Santos to first baseman Daniel Murphy. Brandon Moss out at home.

Inning 2

Away
David Wright walks.
With Daniel Murphy batting, David Wright steals (13) 2nd base.
Daniel Murphy singles on a ground ball to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. David Wright scores.
Fernando Martinez singles on a ground ball to right fielder Brandon Moss. Daniel Murphy to 3rd.
Omir Santos reaches on a fielder’s choice out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to catcher Jason Jaramillo. Daniel Murphy out at home. Fernando Martinez to 2nd.
Mike Pelfrey ground bunts into a force out, first baseman Adam LaRoche to shortstop Ramon Vazquez. Fernando Martinez to 3rd. Omir Santos out at 2nd. Mike Pelfrey to 1st.
Alex Cora doubles (5) on a line drive to right fielder Brandon Moss. Fernando Martinez scores. Mike Pelfrey to 3rd.
Luis Castillo singles on a ground ball to shortstop Ramon Vazquez. Mike Pelfrey scores. Alex Cora to 3rd.
Carlos Beltran walks. Luis Castillo to 2nd.
Gary Sheffield grounds out, pitcher Ross Ohlendorf to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Andrew McCutchen flies out to center fielder Carlos Beltran.
Nyjer Morgan reaches on a fielding error by first baseman Daniel Murphy. Nyjer Morgan to 3rd.
Freddy Sanchez strikes out swinging.
Adam LaRoche doubles (18) on a fly ball to left fielder Fernando Martinez. Nyjer Morgan scores.
Andy LaRoche grounds out, first baseman Daniel Murphy to pitcher Mike Pelfrey.

Inning 3

Away
David Wright walks.
Daniel Murphy flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Fernando Martinez flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Omir Santos singles on a line drive to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. David Wright to 2nd.
Mike Pelfrey grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Brandon Moss strikes out swinging.
Jason Jaramillo grounds out, shortstop Alex Cora to first baseman Daniel Murphy.
Ramon Vazquez singles on a soft line drive to left fielder Fernando Martinez.
Ross Ohlendorf strikes out swinging.

Inning 4

Away
Alex Cora pops out to third baseman Andy LaRoche in foul territory.
Luis Castillo grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Carlos Beltran homers (7) on a fly ball to right center field.
Gary Sheffield grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Andrew McCutchen walks.
Nyjer Morgan out on a sacrifice bunt, pitcher Mike Pelfrey to first baseman Daniel Murphy. Andrew McCutchen to 2nd.
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, second baseman Luis Castillo to first baseman Daniel Murphy. Andrew McCutchen to 3rd.
Adam LaRoche walks.
Andy LaRoche hit by pitch. Adam LaRoche to 2nd.
Brandon Moss walks. Andrew McCutchen scores. Adam LaRoche to 3rd. Andy LaRoche to 2nd.
Jason Jaramillo singles on a line drive to left fielder Fernando Martinez. Adam LaRoche scores. Andy LaRoche scores. Brandon Moss to 2nd.
Pitching Change: Ken Takahashi replaces Mike Pelfrey, batting 9th.
Ramon Vazquez singles on a line drive to right fielder Gary Sheffield. Brandon Moss scores. Jason Jaramillo to 2nd.
Ross Ohlendorf strikes out swinging.

Inning 5

Away
David Wright singles on a line drive to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Daniel Murphy pops out to shortstop Ramon Vazquez.
Fernando Martinez doubles (3) on a line drive to center fielder Andrew McCutchen. David Wright scores.
Pitching Change: Tom Gorzelanny replaces Ross Ohlendorf, batting 9th.
Omir Santos grounds out, pitcher Tom Gorzelanny to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Fernando Martinez to 3rd.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Emil Brown replaces Ken Takahashi.
Emil Brown grounds out, pitcher Tom Gorzelanny to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Pitching Change: Sean Green replaces Ken Takahashi, batting 9th, replacing Emil Brown.
Andrew McCutchen grounds out, shortstop Alex Cora to first baseman Daniel Murphy.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, pitcher Sean Green to first baseman Daniel Murphy.
Freddy Sanchez flies out to center fielder Carlos Beltran.

Inning 6

Away
Pitching Change: Sean Burnett replaces Tom Gorzelanny, batting 9th.
Alex Cora grounds out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Luis Castillo lines out to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Carlos Beltran strikes out swinging.

Home
Adam LaRoche flies out to left fielder Fernando Martinez.
Andy LaRoche strikes out swinging.
Brandon Moss grounds out to first baseman Daniel Murphy.

Inning 7

Away
Pitching Change: Steven Jackson replaces Sean Burnett, batting 5th, replacing third baseman Andy LaRoche.
Defensive Substitution: Eric Hinske replaces pitcher Sean Burnett, batting 9th, playing third base.
Gary Sheffield grounds out, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
David Wright grounds out, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Daniel Murphy walks.
Fernando Martinez grounds into a force out, first baseman Adam LaRoche to shortstop Ramon Vazquez. Daniel Murphy out at 2nd.

Home
Pitching Change: J. Putz replaces Sean Green, batting 9th.
Pittsburgh Pirates third baseman Andy LaRoche left the game due to an injured knee.
Jason Jaramillo grounds out, third baseman David Wright to first baseman Daniel Murphy.
Ramon Vazquez singles on a ground ball to left fielder Fernando Martinez.
With Eric Hinske batting, Ramon Vazquez steals (1) 2nd base.
Eric Hinske pops out to first baseman Daniel Murphy.
Andrew McCutchen singles on a line drive to right fielder Gary Sheffield. Ramon Vazquez scores.
With Nyjer Morgan batting, Andrew McCutchen steals (1) 2nd base.
Nyjer Morgan triples (5) on a fly ball to right fielder Gary Sheffield. Andrew McCutchen scores.
Freddy Sanchez lines out to center fielder Carlos Beltran.

Inning 8

Away
Omir Santos flies out to center fielder Andrew McCutchen.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Jeremy Reed replaces J. Putz.
Jeremy Reed grounds out, first baseman Adam LaRoche to pitcher Steven Jackson.
Alex Cora flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.

Home
Pitching Change: Pedro Feliciano replaces J. Putz, batting 9th, replacing Jeremy Reed.
Adam LaRoche flies out to center fielder Carlos Beltran.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Craig Monroe replaces Steven Jackson.
Craig Monroe strikes out swinging.
Brandon Moss grounds out to pitcher Pedro Feliciano.

Inning 9

Away
Pitching Change: Jesse Chavez replaces Steven Jackson, batting 5th, replacing Craig Monroe.
Luis Castillo walks.
With Carlos Beltran batting, wild pitch by Jesse Chavez, Luis Castillo to 2nd.
Carlos Beltran grounds out, shortstop Ramon Vazquez to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Luis Castillo to 3rd.
Gary Sheffield pops out to first baseman Adam LaRoche in foul territory.
David Wright doubles (13) on a fly ball to right fielder Brandon Moss. Luis Castillo scores.
Daniel Murphy flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.

Mike Hampton (LHP) (2-4, 5.63 ERA, 33 K) @ Paul Maholm (LHP) (3-1, 4.11 ERA, 34 K)

1:35 P.M. EST @ PNC Park

Rubber match this afternoon.

Post Game Update:

Grrr… there’s not much more frustrating than a 2-1 loss…. especially when that loss comes at the hands of Mike Hampton (2-4, 5.63 ERA). Pirate batters went back into their shell, as they got just 4 hits tonight.

Nate McLouth led of the game with a solo home run, and that was the last time the Pirates would touch home plate.

Paul Maholm pitched well, but it’s tough to pitch well enough to win when your offense provides just 1 run.

Prior to today’s game, Donald Veal was sent to the DL with a strained right groin. Steven Jackson (newly acquired from the New York Yankees) will be recalled from AAA. Word is that Veal being placed on the DL could just be a convenient way for the Pirates to hold onto Veal without keeping him an active member of the bullpen. Since Veal was a Rule 5 pickup from the Chicago Cubs, Veal must be kept on the Pirates’ Major League roster.

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Live Updates:

Inning 1

Away
Edwin Maysonet strikes out swinging.
Miguel Tejada doubles (20) on a ground ball to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Hunter Pence strikes out swinging.
With Carlos Lee batting, wild pitch by Paul Maholm, Miguel Tejada to 3rd.
Carlos Lee flies out to left fielder Craig Monroe.

Home
Nate McLouth homers (9) on a fly ball to right field.
Andy LaRoche grounds out, shortstop Miguel Tejada to first baseman Lance Berkman.
Freddy Sanchez walks.
Craig Monroe grounds into a double play, third baseman Jeff Keppinger to second baseman Edwin Maysonet to first baseman Lance Berkman. Freddy Sanchez out at 2nd.

Inning 2

Away
Lance Berkman walks.
Jason Michaels flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth. Lance Berkman to 2nd.
Jeff Keppinger grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Humberto Quintero singles on a ground ball to center fielder Nate McLouth. Lance Berkman scores. Humberto Quintero to 2nd on the throw.
Mike Hampton called out on strikes.

Home
Adam LaRoche grounds out, shortstop Miguel Tejada to first baseman Lance Berkman.
Robinzon Diaz grounds out, third baseman Jeff Keppinger to first baseman Lance Berkman.
Brandon Moss strikes out swinging.

Inning 3

Away
Edwin Maysonet grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Miguel Tejada reaches on a fielding error by third baseman Andy LaRoche.
Hunter Pence singles on a ground ball to right fielder Brandon Moss. Miguel Tejada to 2nd.
Carlos Lee grounds out to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Miguel Tejada to 3rd. Hunter Pence to 2nd.
Lance Berkman strikes out swinging.

Home
Jack Wilson grounds out, third baseman Jeff Keppinger to first baseman Lance Berkman.
Paul Maholm grounds out, second baseman Edwin Maysonet to first baseman Lance Berkman.
Nate McLouth singles on a line drive to right fielder Hunter Pence.
Andy LaRoche grounds out, pitcher Mike Hampton to first baseman Lance Berkman.

Inning 4

Away
Jason Michaels flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Jeff Keppinger flies out to left fielder Craig Monroe.
Humberto Quintero singles on a ground ball to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Mike Hampton flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.

Home
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, shortstop Miguel Tejada to first baseman Lance Berkman.
Craig Monroe grounds out, shortstop Miguel Tejada to first baseman Lance Berkman.
Adam LaRoche singles on a ground ball to shortstop Miguel Tejada, deflected by pitcher Mike Hampton.
Robinzon Diaz grounds out, second baseman Edwin Maysonet to first baseman Lance Berkman.

Inning 5

Away
Edwin Maysonet singles on a ground ball to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Miguel Tejada grounds into a double play, shortstop Jack Wilson to second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Edwin Maysonet out at 2nd.
Hunter Pence grounds out, shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Home
Brandon Moss grounds out, second baseman Edwin Maysonet to first baseman Lance Berkman.
Jack Wilson flies out to center fielder Jason Michaels.
Paul Maholm strikes out swinging.

Inning 6

Away
Carlos Lee walks.
Lance Berkman pops out to first baseman Adam LaRoche in foul territory.
Jason Michaels flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Jeff Keppinger grounds into a force out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Carlos Lee out at 2nd.

Home
Nate McLouth grounds out, second baseman Edwin Maysonet to first baseman Lance Berkman.
Andy LaRoche grounds out, second baseman Edwin Maysonet to first baseman Lance Berkman.
Freddy Sanchez grounds out, shortstop Miguel Tejada to first baseman Lance Berkman.

Inning 7

Away
Humberto Quintero flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Mike Hampton singles on a soft line drive to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Edwin Maysonet singles on a ground ball to right fielder Brandon Moss. Mike Hampton to 2nd.
With Miguel Tejada batting, passed ball by Robinzon Diaz, Mike Hampton to 3rd. Edwin Maysonet to 2nd.
Miguel Tejada singles on a soft line drive to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Mike Hampton scores. Edwin Maysonet to 3rd.
Hunter Pence grounds into a double play, shortstop Jack Wilson to second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Miguel Tejada out at 2nd.

Home
Craig Monroe grounds out to first baseman Lance Berkman.
Adam LaRoche strikes out swinging.
Robinzon Diaz bunt grounds out, pitcher Mike Hampton to first baseman Lance Berkman.

Inning 8

Away
Pitching Change: Jesse Chavez replaces Paul Maholm, batting 9th.
Carlos Lee grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Lance Berkman lines out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Jason Michaels flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.

Home
Pitching Change: Chris Sampson replaces Mike Hampton, batting 4th, replacing left fielder Carlos Lee.
Defensive switch from center field to left field for Jason Michaels.
Defensive Substitution: Michael Bourn replaces pitcher Mike Hampton, batting 9th, playing center field.
Brandon Moss strikes out swinging.
Jack Wilson grounds out, third baseman Jeff Keppinger to first baseman Lance Berkman.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Eric Hinske replaces Jesse Chavez.
Eric Hinske grounds out to first baseman Lance Berkman.

Inning 9

Away
Pitching Change: Evan Meek replaces Jesse Chavez, batting 9th, replacing Eric Hinske.
Jeff Keppinger grounds out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Humberto Quintero flies out to left fielder Craig Monroe.
Pitching Change: Sean Burnett replaces Evan Meek, batting 9th.
Michael Bourn called out on strikes.

Home
Pitching Change: LaTroy Hawkins replaces Chris Sampson, batting 4th.
Nate McLouth grounds out to first baseman Lance Berkman.
Andy LaRoche strikes out swinging, catcher Humberto Quintero to first baseman Lance Berkman.
Freddy Sanchez singles on a ground ball to left fielder Jason Michaels.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-runner Nyjer Morgan replaces Freddy Sanchez.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Delwyn Young replaces Craig Monroe.
Delwyn Young strikes out swinging.

Jeff Karstens (RHP) (1-2, 5.06 ERA, 14 K) @ Shairon Martis (RHP) (5-0, 4.10 ERA, 21 K)

7:05 P.M. EST @ Nationals Park

Post Game Update
In trade news, the Pirates claimed Steven Jackson off of waivers from the New York Yankees.

Nyjer Morgan was back in the lineup for tonights game. He led things off with a single and scored on Freddy Sanchez’s double in the 1st.

Andy LaRoche homered in the 3rd inning, but then the Pirates got no base runners until the 9th inning. Some clutch hitting in the 10th by Adam LaRoche and Brandon Moss helped the Pirates walk away with another victory from the Nationals.

The Pirates had two opportunities to use Matt Capps in a save situation (9th and 10th innings), but declined on both chances.

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Live Updates:

Inning 1

Away
Nyjer Morgan doubles (3) on a ground ball to right fielder Adam Dunn.
Freddy Sanchez singles on a line drive to right fielder Adam Dunn. Nyjer Morgan scores.
Nate McLouth flies out to right fielder Adam Dunn.
Adam LaRoche walks. Freddy Sanchez to 2nd.
With Brandon Moss batting, wild pitch by Shairon Martis, Freddy Sanchez to 3rd. Adam LaRoche to 2nd.
Brandon Moss doubles (7) on a line drive to left fielder Josh Willingham. Freddy Sanchez scores. Adam LaRoche scores.
Andy LaRoche pops out to third baseman Ryan Zimmerman.
Jason Jaramillo walks.
Jack Wilson pops out to third baseman Ryan Zimmerman in foul territory.

Home
Cristian Guzman grounds out, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Nick Johnson lines out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Ryan Zimmerman grounds out, pitcher Jeff Karstens to first baseman Adam LaRoche.

Inning 2

Away
Jeff Karstens grounds out, shortstop Cristian Guzman to first baseman Nick Johnson.
Nyjer Morgan flies out to center fielder Willie Harris.
Freddy Sanchez strikes out swinging.

Home
Adam Dunn called out on strikes.
Josh Willingham flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.
Willie Harris walks.
With Anderson Hernandez batting, Willie Harris steals (2) 2nd base.
Anderson Hernandez flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.

Inning 3

Away
Nate McLouth singles on a ground ball to center fielder Willie Harris.
With Adam LaRoche batting, wild pitch by Shairon Martis, Nate McLouth to 2nd.
Adam LaRoche grounds out, first baseman Nick Johnson to pitcher Shairon Martis. Nate McLouth to 3rd.
Brandon Moss strikes out swinging.
Andy LaRoche homers (2) on a fly ball to left field. Nate McLouth scores.
Jason Jaramillo pops out to third baseman Ryan Zimmerman in foul territory.

Home
Wil Nieves singles on a ground ball to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Shairon Martis out on a sacrifice bunt, first baseman Adam LaRoche to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Wil Nieves to 2nd.
Cristian Guzman grounds out to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Wil Nieves to 3rd.
Nick Johnson hit by pitch.
Ryan Zimmerman grounds into a force out, shortstop Jack Wilson to second baseman Freddy Sanchez. Nick Johnson out at 2nd.

Inning 4

Away
Jack Wilson flies out to right fielder Adam Dunn.
Jeff Karstens grounds out, shortstop Cristian Guzman to first baseman Nick Johnson.
Nyjer Morgan grounds out, pitcher Shairon Martis to first baseman Nick Johnson.

Home
Adam Dunn homers (12) on a fly ball to left center field.
Josh Willingham grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Willie Harris grounds out, first baseman Adam LaRoche to pitcher Jeff Karstens.
Anderson Hernandez singles on a ground ball to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Wil Nieves flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.

Inning 5

Away
Freddy Sanchez pops out to second baseman Anderson Hernandez.
Nate McLouth flies out to right fielder Adam Dunn.
Adam LaRoche grounds out, second baseman Anderson Hernandez to first baseman Nick Johnson.

Home
Shairon Martis grounds out, third baseman Andy LaRoche to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Cristian Guzman grounds out to first baseman Adam LaRoche.
Nick Johnson flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.

Inning 6

Away
Brandon Moss flies out to center fielder Willie Harris.
Andy LaRoche flies out to center fielder Willie Harris.
Jason Jaramillo flies out to left fielder Josh Willingham.

Home
Ryan Zimmerman singles on a bunt pop to third baseman Andy LaRoche.
Adam Dunn walks. Ryan Zimmerman to 2nd.
Josh Willingham grounds into a double play, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Ryan Zimmerman to 3rd. Adam Dunn out at 2nd.
Willie Harris singles on a ground ball to center fielder Nate McLouth. Ryan Zimmerman scores.
Anderson Hernandez triples (1) on a line drive to right fielder Brandon Moss. Willie Harris scores.
Wil Nieves singles on a line drive to center fielder Nate McLouth. Anderson Hernandez scores.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Ronnie Belliard replaces Shairon Martis.
Ronnie Belliard strikes out swinging.

Inning 7

Away
Pitching Change: Ron Villone replaces Shairon Martis, batting 9th, replacing Ronnie Belliard.
Jack Wilson grounds out, pitcher Ron Villone to first baseman Nick Johnson.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Craig Monroe replaces Jeff Karstens.
Craig Monroe flies out to right fielder Adam Dunn.
Nyjer Morgan bunt grounds out, first baseman Nick Johnson to second baseman Anderson Hernandez.

Home
Pitching Change: Evan Meek replaces Jeff Karstens, batting 9th, replacing Craig Monroe.
Cristian Guzman walks.
Nick Johnson grounds into a double play, second baseman Freddy Sanchez to shortstop Jack Wilson to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Cristian Guzman out at 2nd.
Ryan Zimmerman walks.
Adam Dunn walks. Ryan Zimmerman to 2nd.
Josh Willingham flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.

Inning 8

Away
Freddy Sanchez strikes out on a foul tip.
Nate McLouth flies out to right fielder Adam Dunn.
Adam LaRoche grounds out, pitcher Ron Villone to first baseman Nick Johnson.

Home
Pitching Change: Sean Burnett replaces Evan Meek, batting 9th.
Willie Harris hit by pitch.
Anderson Hernandez out on a sacrifice bunt, pitcher Sean Burnett to first baseman Adam LaRoche. Willie Harris to 2nd.
Wil Nieves grounds out softly, first baseman Adam LaRoche to pitcher Sean Burnett. Willie Harris to 3rd.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Austin Kearns replaces Ron Villone.
Austin Kearns flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.

Inning 9

Away
Pitching Change: Joe Beimel replaces Ron Villone, batting 9th, replacing Austin Kearns.
Brandon Moss flies out to left fielder Josh Willingham.
Andy LaRoche walks.
Jason Jaramillo pops out to shortstop Cristian Guzman.
Jack Wilson called out on strikes.

Home
Cristian Guzman flies out to right fielder Brandon Moss.
Nick Johnson triples (1) on a fly ball to right fielder Brandon Moss, deflected by center fielder Nate McLouth.
Ryan Zimmerman walks.
With Adam Dunn batting, wild pitch by Sean Burnett, Nick Johnson scores. Ryan Zimmerman to 2nd.
Adam Dunn strikes out swinging.
Josh Willingham walks.
Pitching Change: Tom Gorzelanny replaces Sean Burnett, batting 6th.
Defensive Substitution: Ramon Vazquez replaces pitcher Sean Burnett, batting 9th, playing third base.
Willie Harris called out on strikes.

Inning 10

Away
Ramon Vazquez singles on a line drive to right fielder Adam Dunn.
Nyjer Morgan out on a sacrifice bunt, pitcher Joe Beimel to second baseman Anderson Hernandez. Ramon Vazquez to 2nd.
Joe Beimel intentionally walks Freddy Sanchez.
Nate McLouth flies out to center fielder Willie Harris. Ramon Vazquez to 3rd.
Adam LaRoche doubles (12) on a line drive to right fielder Adam Dunn. Ramon Vazquez scores. Freddy Sanchez scores.
Brandon Moss singles on a ground ball to center fielder Willie Harris. Adam LaRoche scores.
Tom Gorzelanny strikes out swinging.

Home
Anderson Hernandez flies out to center fielder Nate McLouth.
Wil Nieves strikes out swinging.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Alex Cintron replaces Joe Beimel.
Alex Cintron flies out to left fielder Nyjer Morgan.